On Friday afternoon, Mason Martin was named the Gulf Coast League's Most Valuable Player. With one game left in the season, he has a .304/.450/.632 slash line, which includes a league leading 11 homers.
Martin was drafted in the 17th round this year and signed for an over-slot bonus of $350,000. He turned 18 years old right before the draft took place, which made him the third youngest player on the team. On Thursday, Martin set the GCL Pirates single-season record with 11 homers, breaking the mark set by Walter Young in 2000. The Pirates have been around since 1968.
In yesterday's Morning Report, I mentioned that Martin has the third highest OPS in league history, which dates back to 1966. He is third in the league in runs scored, eighth in walks, second in OBP and first in slugging...
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